Inside the Brain of a Teenage Soccer Genius

Essays, Player Reviews, Scouting Reports, Events, Match Reviews, Statistics and Things of no Importance

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Tacoma Stars Shine On: PNW Soccer Fans Get the MASL Team They Deserve

This corner of the world has a spectacular soccer history, but the revival of the 1980's Tacoma Stars has been my favorite chapter thus far.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hello beloved football family
I'm sure you all have noticed but I've been quite absent from the soccer scene lately. I've got a job, I'm still running Give for the Game and next month I leave for a 15 day stint in Greece assisting a Seattle based organization with relief work on Lesvos. I'll be traveling as a humanitarian with the sole mission of helping refugees passing through in any way I can.
On that note, Soccer Boss is being put on hold. I made two Tacoma Stars matches this season (hopefully three plus playoffs!!) but I've missed a whole Puma season, the growth of Olympic Force, a Sounders Season, and some days I glance at the Swiss Super League table and can't even remember the last time I looked. This is not a goodbye, but as I stand here at a crossroad in my life I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for what you have contributed so far.
To the players, thank you for your dedication to the game, your dedication to the fans, your love and enthusiasm. You make the game. For me soccer has never been about the sport, it's been about the people who play it. No matter where our paths have crossed, it's been an honor to witness a piece of your career and a piece of your story. Thank you for sharing that with me. I consider all of you dear friends and I wish you the best in whatever adventures life throws at you. I hope it brings you the same joy I witnessed every time you stepped on to the pitch.
Fellow fans, it's been a wild ride. There's nothing better than taking in a match with good friends. The fan community here is like my family. You've all stepped up to make me feel so supported and loved not just in the soccer-related areas in my life but in every challenge I've tackled. Because of friends like you, I've never felt alone. It amazes me how people who are all so different and under no other circumstances would even become acquainted have grown to be such great friends.
Coaches- I've seen a lot of you at work over the years and you are the glue that holds it all together. Many of you have gone above and beyond to make me feel welcome and to make your team available to me as a writer and photographer. I love these soccer players like family- I worry about them quite often and I want the best for them- it makes me grateful to know that they're in good hands.
So I hope you join me on my next adventure. I can assure you footy will be involved as will the regular doses of laughter and shenanigans. I'll see you all in the stands!
Much love

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Why the Pumas Lost their Super Fan

It doesn't take a master of the beautiful game to see that. It takes someone with two eyes and not only a love for the game being played on the pitch, but a love for the players bringing that game to life. So, to all of the players who have suffered from the manipulation and webs of lies this club weaves for you, I am sorry from the bottom of my heart. I am sorry for not being upfront with you, I am sorry for sugar coating your experiences in my blog posts. I am sorry for what you went through and I am sorry for not taking action earlier. These words I am finally putting to paper should have been said a long time ago, and my optimism about what this club was becoming has been misleading to many. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Greatest Gift of Life is to Know Love

The soccer community on Bainbridge Island is one of the best you could ask for as a coach, a player, and a member of a soccer family (all of which I have been at one point or another). In sports, for every tragedy there are thousands of success stories. Every goal is a reason to cheer without inhibitions, every victory is a reason to smile, accomplishing your goals, getting scholarships, growing as people and as athletes; those are all things are celebrated within our tight and strong soccer community. 

It's been a little while since I posted anything, so as I make my first post in over a month, I want it to be meaningful. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Thank You Fans!

Some incredible effort has gone into producing the fantastic atmosphere I enjoy every week at Puma matches. Orchestrated cheering, handmade commemorative pins, understanding ears to listen to my constant moaning and groaning about poor plays, wasted set pieces, a heavy telephoto lens or poor lighting conditions and most of all tons and tons of love have made the weekly matches a key part of my life. I also want to acknowledge the amount of effort that went into Man of the Match and Player of the Month awards last night (thank you for packing gift bags, making commemorative certificates, and collecting votes)- no other club in the PDL has a set of fans as fantastic as these fans at the Kitsap Pumas!

Kitsap Pumas 0-0 Portland Timbers U23s

After a hard start to the season with five games on the road, the Kitsap Pumas fully kicked off the 2013 campaign with their first home game at Gordon Field.